Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Usually when you return from the All Star Break, teams are rested and ready to go. This isn’t exactly how the Wizards had envisioned returning from the All Star break tonight against the Cavs tonight, as they just never really showed up and were trounced, 127-89.
This game was certainly all about LeBron James and just like he has in previous years with the Wizards, he had his way on the court tonight with 25 points in 28 minutes.
“I’m the leader of this team and I set the tempo. I set the pace,” James said. “I set the aggressiveness and I just wanted the guys to follow me.”
The Cavaliers held the Wizards to 1-of-16 shooting on 3s while going 14 for 33 themselves and produced the most points by a Washington opponent in a first quarter (35) and first half (65).
“They came to send a message, no question. Absolutely. That’s what good teams do,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said about the Cavaliers. “That’s where we’ve got to get.
Most the fourth quarter saw the Cavs bench dominate with their performance as well. The Wizards just did not seem to have an answer for any of the Cavs scorers.
The Cavaliers’ 127 points are tied for their 2nd-most in a game this season. Cleveland’s 38-point win is its second-largest win this season (won by 39 vs Hornets on Jan. 23). Perhaps more impressively, the win is also the Cavaliers second largest since LeBron James joined the team in 2003.